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Prescription and Use of Psychotropic Medications in Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Secure Care Facilities

Study Dates: 2008 Study Description: Recent national studies report that the numbers of youth with mental disorders who become engaged with the juvenile justice system are increasing, and subsequently the prevalence of mental health disorders for youth in custody is on the rise. Several published estimates place the ratio of youth in custody with mental disorders requiring treatment at 60-75%. Recent research has also found that 63% of youth involved with Utah Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) experience considerable mental distress or have clinically significant emotional, behavioral or mental disorders.

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Last Updated: 12/12/23